Weekend Highlights

Highlights from Alumni Weekend 2023


The rainy weekend weather didn’t put a damper on the spirits of WPI alumni who came back to campus to celebrate Alumni Weekend, May 19 – 21.

Scroll down to see some highlights from Alumni Weekend 2023.


Reunite. Revisit. Relive.

Alumni from all generations converged upon campus to celebrate class reunions, to hear from President Grace Wang during her first State of the Institute Address to the alumni community, and to participate in events and activities that reconnected them to each other and the university.

During the weekend, members of the undergraduate class of 1973 participated in the traditional Fifty-Year Associates Induction, a time-honored tradition that celebrates the milestone of reaching 50 years since graduating from WPI. The class of 1973 brought home the Reunion Attendance Cup, bringing 18.3% of their living classmates back to campus.

We also welcomed our newest alumni, the class of 2023, into the Alumni Association, and presented the class with their reunion banner.

We celebrated the tradition of reunion giving, which is reminiscent of WPI’s founding tradition—philanthropy. We thank the members of our undergraduate classes ending in 3 and 8 who generously contributed to their classes’ fundraising efforts in honor of their reunions. As of Alumni Weekend, reunion celebrants had raised $7,870,335.98 to support WPI. The class with the highest level of participation was the class of 1953, with 36.7% of their living class members contributing to their class’s reunion fundraising. The class with the highest giving total was the class of 1973, with $2,157,090.83 dollars raised.

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Class of 1973
Class of 2003
Alumni Weekend Banner
The Alden Society Social
Alumni Weekend 2023 - 1973
Fifty-Year Associates Induction
Hospitality Suite
Woo Sox

Honoring Our Champions

The Alumni Association Awards presentation, Honoring Our Champions, was a highlight of the weekend, and recognized remarkable alumni for their outstanding professional achievements and service to WPI.

Robert H. Goddard Alumni Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement

  • Karen Casella ’83 - Director of Engineering, Netflix
  • Richard J. Cournoyer ’98, MS ’99 – (Retired) Previous Manager WPI Robotics Laboratory; Previous Manager Jet Propulsion Lab Manufacturing Shops; Previous NASA Adjunct Professor
  • Jay Hedley ’88 - Founder and CEO, HeadVantage Corp.; Founder and Chairman, Warbird National
  • Kerri O’Connor DiPietro ’98, MS ’04 - Senior Vice President, Global Head of Quality, Haemonetics Corporation
  • Jay J. Schnitzer ’73, MD, PhD - Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, Chief Medical Officer, The MITRE Corporation
  • Eric Soederberg ’83 - President and CEO, Sunrise Labs

Ichabod Washburn Young Alumni Award for Professional Achievement

  • Donal Boyd ’13, MS ’14 - Founder of Donal Boyd Studio; Co-Founder of Atlas 1 Studio
  • Samuel Gutmann ’03 - CEO and Co-founder, OwnBackup
  • M. Ryan McDevitt ’03, PhD - CEO, Benchmark Space Systems, Inc.
  • Matthew Shea ’03 - Chief Product Officer, Benchmark Space Systems, Inc.

Herbert F. Taylor Alumni Award for Distinguished Service to WPI

  • LindaLeigh R. Aberdale ’88 - (Retired) Network software engineer, project manager, and cybersecurity auditor, Hewlett-Packard
  • William A. Fitzgerald ’83 - (Retired) Vice President of General Electric Commercial Engine Operation
  • Peter D. McDermott ’73 - Patent Attorney, Law Office of Peter D. McDermott

John Boynton Young Alumni Award for Service to WPI

  • Veda Booth ’18 - Marketing Operations Associate, Goldman Sachs
  • Jean Paul Miralda ’13 - Chief Operating Officer, Emerge Technology Labs
Jean Paul Miralda '13

About the Award Winners

Learn more about this year's Alumni Award winners, their support of WPI, and their outstanding careers by viewing this slideshow.